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I created my own custom font in 5 minutes, and now I can use it on my phone or computer
March 27, 2016

Ever wonder what it would be like to design your own font? Well, now there's an app for that. It's called iFontMaker, and it literally puts the power to create a custom font in your hands.

Available now on the iPad and Windows 8, iFontMaker was created by app-development team Eiji and Tom in collaboration with 2TFF, and its big claim is that you can go from start to custom font in five minutes.

We put that theory to the test using the iPad version, and the results speak for themselves. While my font won't win any awards, it only took a little over five minutes to make. If you'd like to see what the app is really capable of, 2TTF's font gallery will give you a good indication.

Here's how it works.
You're given a blank canvas with some loose guides.

Tracing makes it easier to make uniformly sized letters, but also add some style.

Numbers and symbols are included too …

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A new study proves the US should be ‘ashamed’ of its railroad system
March 27, 2016

“After a half century of neglect, America now has a railroad system that the Bolivians would be ashamed of,” wrote James Howard Kunstler, the piercing writer who introduced me to urbanism, in 2006. “There isn’t another project we could do that would have a greater impact on our oil consumption than fixing our rail system and restoring passenger service.”

Ten years later, little has changed. A new ranking of high-speed rail networks by nation from GoEuro, a travel search engine, puts the U.S. at 19th out of the 20 countries assessed. Bolivia isn’t on the list, but the U.S. does rank below Turkey and Uzbekistan.

GoEuro ranked all countries with high-speed rail lines (as defined by its slightly complex criteria) and made some arbitrary choices as to which factors matter most. It put the biggest emphasis on population coverage, as it should, but its second most important factor was record speed, which is silly.

America would benefit more from 10 train lines that can go 150 miles per hou..

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THE LATIN AMERICA E-COMMERCE REPORT: The region’s top markets, biggest growth opportunities, and foreign retailers making inroads – CLONE
March 27, 2016

Despite the economic downturn, Latin America is a market retailers have to pay attnetion to. It's one of the top regions in the world for e-commerce growth, and those retailers that build out their e-commerce operations now will be in the best position to grab market share when the economy rebounds.

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we size Latin America's biggest e-commerce markets — Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina — and project how online retail sales will rise in these countries. We look at the growth drivers in each market and identify opportunities and challenges for foreign retailers operating there.

Here are some of the key takeaways:

Latin America is one of the fastest-growing regions for e-commerce, behind Asia-Pacific. We expect online retail sales to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% between 2014 and 2019 to reach $85 billion in sales at the end of the forecast period.
Brazil is the largest online retail market in Latin America, accounting f..

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A pregnant startup founder’s experience fundraising is exposing a big problem in Silicon Valley
March 27, 2016

Silicon Valley has been grappling with gender equality and diversity for years. And a recent blog post about a pregnant startup founder shows that the issue remains a hot-button topic that the industry has yet to come to terms with.

Peretz Partensky, a cofounder of startup Sourcery, published a post on Medium on Friday detailing the some of the experiences of his partner, who is pregnant and leading the company's latest fundraising efforts.

Parentsky's partner, Na'ama Moran, is “not the kind of person to pretend about anything,” he says. “In the third trimester, her condition is nearly impossible to hide anyway. And yet surprisingly, most investors have scrupulously avoided discussing the fact.”

Left unadressed, he said, the pregnancy “lingers as a significant uncertainty and manifests itself in the form of an unconscious bias the investors themselves don’t realize.”

One male venture capital investor finally did address the issue, telling Moran that “everyone you m..

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How to record in Snapchat without keeping your finger on the screen
March 27, 2016

One of the most iconic restrictions of Snapchat is that the app makes you hold your finger on the screen to record.

Just try to record a video in Snapchat without keeping your finger held down. It's impossible.

Unless you know this surprisingly simple workaround on the iPhone.
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Open the Settings app and go to General.

Then go to Accessibility. Tap on Assistive Touch.

Turn AssistiveTouch on and then Create New Gesture.

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These are the people helping Oracle take on Amazon
March 27, 2016

Like all huge software companies, Oracle is in the midst of a major transformation as it moves from selling old-school software licenses to next-generation tech. Read more.
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17 charts that show just how scary Amazon’s $275 billion business really is (AMZN)
March 27, 2016

Most people think of Amazon as an online shopping store, but it's actually much more than that.

Over the past 22 years, Amazon has turned itself into a $275 billion juggernaut that sells everything from cloud-computing services to its own hardware gadgets.

These 17 charts show just how scary its business really is.

Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.
SEE ALSO: Amazon had a secret invitation-only conference, where Jeff Bezos showed up in a robotic suit

Amazon went public in 1997. Its shares were priced at $18 each back then. Now they're worth more than $580 each. In December 2015, the stock went up to $675 a share, an all-time high.

Amazon is famous for its relentless focus on long-term growth. It's why they shun profits in favor of revenue growth. In 2015, Amazon generated $107 billion in revenue, but made only $596 million in net profit.

Source: Business Insider

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The comeback of Lincoln is the biggest surprise in the auto industry — here’s why (f)
March 27, 2016

In the car business, impressions matter. But for a big chunk of the 2000s, the impression Lincoln made was that it didn't matter.

Lincoln has been around since 1917 and has been part of Ford since 1922. Over the decades, it established itself as first a premium and later a luxury brand, minting several icons along the way: The Continental, which became a presidential limousine, and later the Navigator, the first large luxury SUV.

In the early 1990s, Lincoln was selling nearly a quarter-million vehicles a year. But by 2014, it was struggling to sell 80,000. During the financial crisis and meltdown of the Detroit auto industry, there were calls for Ford to shutter Lincoln.

Ford's then-CEO, Alan Mulally, was keeping his company out of bankruptcy, shedding luxury brands such as Jaguar and Land Rover, and unifying his far-flung employees around an inspiring “One Ford” message. There were rumors that the brand was on the chopping block in 2010-2011, but Mulally decided against ..

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Check out the video of Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey hand delivering the first Rift in Alaska (FB)
March 27, 2016

After several years of testing and prototypes, the long-awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will finally be available on Monday.

But one lucky user already got his headset. And he got it straight from Oculus founder Palmer Luckey.

Luckey made the trip to Alaska to hand-deliver the first Rift, in box signed by Luckey and the rest of the Oculus team, to Ross Martin — the first person to pre-order the $599 Rift.

Luckey posted the video of his Facebook page, noting that he and Martin have a lot in common: “We are both big gamers, and we were both homeschooled as kids. The biggest difference is that I grew up with surfboards while he grew up with sled dogs.”

Here's the video of Luckey (who is inexplicably wearing shorts and a Hawaiian Aloha shirt in Alaska in March) making the special delivery:

Personally delivering the first Rift to Alaska!
Posted by Palmer Freeman Luckey on Saturday, March 26, 2016

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13 ways to save money by thinking like a millennial
March 27, 2016

Even if you aren't a broke millennial, there's no reason you can't save money like one.

With the rise of smartphones, there are now a bunch of ways to cut costs by embracing a more mobile lifestyle. There are apps that will let you invest with no fees and subscriptions that can let you rack up big discounts on everyday items like food, and is a wealth of entertainment you can get without breaking the bank.

Here are 13 of the best ways to save money the way cost-conscious millennials do:
Trade stocks without paying any fees with Robinhood.

Robinhood is an app built around one promise: no-fee stock trading. It launched in December 2014 and quickly became a favorite among younger people looking to invest without paying $7 per trade. Since its launch, Robinhood has facilitated over $2 billion in transactions and saved its customers an estimated $70 million in trading commissions, according to the company.

The app itself is stylish and simple, a big part of why it won an ..

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